About Us

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Operational since May 2010, The Portico Gallery offers an exciting neighbourhood Art resource for the community.

The Portico Gallery is a ‘Not for Profit’, aesthetic, inspirational and welcoming community gallery where both new and established, trained or untrained artists can exhibit and sell their work and where groups  and individuals can aspire to excel by exhibiting, practicing, training and teaching.

John Price and Rick Pinn were inspired to examine how all forms of art can help challenge and explore social ideas and issues and most importantly are dedicated to Art for All and the belief that society cannot exist without Art. They are particularly interested in Encouraging the Encourager, facilitating the teaching of art and craft skills, and seek to ensure that community groups can use the resource and expertise for seminars, meetings, lectures and discussion.

The Portico Workshops
Experienced and skilled artists and performers are involved in programmes of workshops designed to provide an opportunity for participants to be involved in learning and developing a range of new or existing skills including pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, sewing, drama, music, yoga, qi gong and photography and film.

Tutors and Volunteers

Long standing Portico associates include fine artist Chrissy Thirlaway, ceramicist Emma Fenelon, singer Abigail Sudbury, film maker Phil Beeken, playwright Deirdre Strath Clyde, textile artist Angela Hartley and artist Felix Price; just a few of the professional artists tutoring and making new work at the gallery.  The Portico is an inclusive arts and community space – bring your expertise and share it as one of our tutors, or bring your curiosity and learn more.